A Phoenix man was cited Monday on one count of cruelty to animals when he allegedly locked his dog in his vehicle, with the engine turned off, while dining in at a McCulloch Boulevard restaurant.

Police were called Monday afternoon to the restaurant’s parking lot, where a witness reported the animal in a victim belonging to 53-year-old Timmy T. Barbour. The vehicle was found with all four windows rolled down, and officers tested the vehicle’s internal temperature – which was recorded at about 110 degrees.

Officers contacted the restaurant and asked that the vehicle’s owner be paged to go to the parking lot. Barbour returned to his vehicle shortly afterward, and spoke with officers. Barbour believed his animal would be safe if he left the animal in his car with the windows rolled down, he allegedly told police, and said he had not been inside of the restaurant for long.

Barbour was cited on charges of cruelty to animals, the report said, to which he allegedly replied that he would see officers in court.

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